A study, published at the University of Washington, demonstrated that ligament damage left untreated for two weeks becomes permanent. Many additional studies show that rear end collisions at speeds as low as 4 M.P.H. can cause severe cervical (neck) soft tissue damage.
Why so much injury at low speeds with little or no damage to the car? The human body feels the force of impact within 0.3 seconds; our muscles take 0.6 seconds to react and by the time muscles react to protect the spine, the damage is already done.
Although most severe injuries cause extreme symptoms, minor injuries like those in low impact collisions may cause little to no symptoms. Yet, injuries left untreated may have devastating consequences to your spine in future. Minor damage to a ligament will cause a change in the motion of its associated joints. Over time, spinal compensations may lead to pain and degenerative disorders. Chiropractic adjustments will improve spinal joint function to reduce your future risk and minimize pain.